What We Do
- Caring Ministry
- Education Ministry
- Mission Ministry
- Music Ministry
- Youth Ministry
- Women's Ministry
- Fun and Fellowship
We Do ~ Mission Ministry
Greece Baptist Church, we are deeply committed to sharing the
love of Jesus Christ through missions as we serve people in need
in our own neighborhood, throughout the country, and around the
Ministry is, in part, sending money to people and places to facilitate
the important work of missionaries and humanitarian organizations
across the globe. This is a way of stretching ourselves to accomplish
goals that we alone could not achieve. Our commitment to this
aspect of Missions means that we tithe our pledged income; 10%
of all pledged goes toward carefully selected mission organizations.
addition, we are able to pool our resources in other creative
ways. For the past two years, Greece Baptist Church has hosted
an Alternative Gift Market at Christmastime. This event showcased
alternative gifts from World Vision, Cameron Community Ministries,
Heifer International, Church World Service, Andy's Gift (soccer
balls for children in Afghanistan), PET Project (wheelchair-like
personal transportation devices), and China Care (helping make
possible a child's heart surgery). Gifts purchases were given
on behalf of a loved one, to someone in need. For example, one
could buy a goat for someone in a poor African community, wrap
up a commemorative card, and place it under the Christmas tree
in lieu of a traditional gift.
other important component of Missions is the act of serving others.
It is our responsibility as Christians to seek opportunities to
meet the needs of others around us. Most recently, we came together
as a congregation with this purpose in mind on our first ever
"Faith in Action Day". Instead of attending regular
Sunday School classes, all members were invited to participate
in some sort of mission or service work. A variety of options
was available, allowing people of all ages and ability levels
to participate. It was an uplifting event for all who participated,
and the plan is to hold a similar event in October 2009.
A Greece Baptist Church family
stands in front of the many bags of food that were collected during
neighborhood scavenger hunts, going door to door asking for donations
for the food shelf.
On "Faith in Action" Day Greece Baptist
Church members served lunch to all participants, made apple crisp
to deliver to the homebound, and made dinners for the Ronald McDonald
Baptist Church (GBC) has joined with other Greece Churches to sponsor
Habitat for Humanity homes in the City of Rochester under
the auspices of the GBC Board of Missions. The Greece Church Coalition
has sponsored three homes:
fourth home is being planned for 2009 at 119 Whitney Street.
a home consists of two phases:
funds need to be raised - approximately $65,000. The monies
have been raised via Thanksgiving Pie Sales (from Kelly Apple
Farms), a celebrity car wash, golf tournaments, and individual
congregational members volunteer to help construct the home.
Volunteers enjoy the camaraderie and gain insights into home
construction from the laying of cinder blocks to the raising
of rafters for the roof.
Ecumenical Food Shelf / Clothing Closet
Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf, Inc. has evolved from a modest beginning
at Greece Baptist Church in May of 1977. In the first few years
an average of 150 people were helped each year. Today, over 30
years later, the Food Shelf feeds close to 4,500 clients annually.
After moving several times over the years, the shelf is now located
in a Town-owned facility on Maiden Lane.
Food Shelf is an emergency pantry. The all-volunteer organization
warehouses and delivers food to clients in the Town of Greece
and the Charlotte area of the city of Rochester. Much of the food
is donated from churches, businesses and individuals. Monetary
donations are used to purchase fresh food.
GBC Members do some cleaning
at the food shelf
drivers are always in need at the Shelf. This involves delivering
fresh and non-perishable food to the clients' homes. The contact
number for the Food Shelf is 277-5370.
Greece Ecumenical Clothing Closet started as Gramma Janes'
Clothing Closet in a small utility closet at Greece Baptist Church.
Just as with the Ecumenical Food Shelf, the Clothing Closet outgrew
its facilities and is now part of the same building that houses
the Food Shelf.
Clothing Closet receives donations of gently used clothing and
distributes them. There is no charge for any items, and the Closet
is also staffed entirely by volunteers.
Member Talks About Commitment to Missions and Cameron Community
role within the church through the years has always been to serve
the Lord where I feel I am most needed. It was during a sermon
at worship that I felt the calling to volunteer at Cameron Community
Ministries. For those of you who do not know about this ministry,
it is an ecumenical urban community in Rochester Lyell-Otis neighborhood,
which has a high poverty rate. I grew up in this area never thinking
I would return and be so involved for nearly 20 years. My main
focus has always been the clothing house and the distribution
2008, through the generous donations of so many churches, organizations
and individuals we were able to serve 1,257 families. We gave
out personal hygiene supplies, layettes and small household items.
It has been a joy to do this.
Circle, of which I am a member, has participated in Cameron's
Sunday Celebration where we provide a meal for anyone that comes
for dinner. This gives us an opportunity to not only serve but
also to sit and enjoy conversation with these folks. I always
feel so blessed that I can be a part of this ministry. There are
so many ways to volunteer. Seeing every child fed, every child
served with after-school reading, homework help, and Summer Safe
Haven, is so fulfilling. There is so much more being done and
needing to be done."
For more information about Cameron, see: www.CameronMinistries.com
or call (585) 254-2697.
Prayer Shawl Ministry is one of Greece Baptist Church's newest
ministries. We formally meet about twice a year. Otherwise, members
prayerfully knit and crochet their shawls at home. During just
our first year, we gave out over 60 shawls to church and community
members in need. A few shawls have even gone out of state.
Women's Society of Greece Baptist Church has sponsored White Cross
for many years. The mission of White Cross is to reach out to
those less fortunate with our time, gifts and money.
is given by members of the Sarah and Dorcas Circles. Bandages
are made and rolled and cloths are cut for shipping to hospitals
in Africa. Quilting pieces are cut for shipping to mission centers
to be made into quilts. This year we rolled 50 bandages and cut
550 cloths and 2,000 quilting pieces.
and money are given in the form of School, Hygiene and Baby kits.
These needs are met by our Church members through the Mission
Board's "One Day of Sharing," and the early Spring White
Cross drive. This year we were able to ship four Baby Layettes,
39 School Kits and 28 Hygiene Kits. Money was also sent to Myanmar
by the Women's Society to help people in desperate circumstances.
are also given to help meet local needs. This year, Church members
donated women's clothing, basketballs and comforters to the Cameron
Community Ministries, a local non-profit organization helping
those in their community who are in need.
so many suffering from civil unrest, natural disaster and uncertainty
in their lives both locally and worldwide, the need for White
Cross never diminishes.